(AUDACY) Tuesday was National Best Friends Day, so it was a great time to appreciate those who we're closest with. For many people, brothers can also fill the role of best friends, and so perhaps it was appropriate that an extraordinary moment occurred with two brothers during the MLB slate Tuesday.
In the fourth inning of the Braves-Phillies game in Philadelphia, the visiting catcher sent a home run deep into the seats at Citizens Bank Park. Around three hours later, the Cubs were in the fourth inning of their game against the host Padres at Petco Park when the visiting catcher lofted a home run much like the one previously mentioned.
Both homers came in the fourth inning. Both came from visiting catchers. And both came from the same family. William Contreras of the Braves and Willson Contreras of the Cubs homered on the same day for the first time in their MLB careers.
Willson, the 29-year-old older brother, hit his 10th homer of the season just hours after William, six years his junior, got a hold of his sixth. It wasn't surprising that it was the first time they homered on the same day, as it was also the sixth homer of William's career after he debuted last July. Like Willson before him in 2016, William is now making a name for himself.
“It makes me proud to see my brother play this well in the big leagues,” Willson said in May, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. "The way he played in the minors was better than I did. The way that he manages himself with his emotions is better than I do, and that's something that's going to help him a lot.
"That's why I think he's going to be better than I am."
Considering Willson is already a two-time All-Star, William has a lot to prove if that's going to be the case, but he seems capable. And as Willson is confident in his brother, he also still has a lot left in the tank. On Tuesday night, we saw evidence of why both of those statements are true.